Recommended Library

for the Childbearing Year(s)

There are soooo many I'd like to add to this list and will continue to do so from time to time. Please let me know your feedback on this list and how they affect your birth, postpartum period and intimate relationship.


Birthing From Within
By Pam England and Rob Horowitz

Preparing for Birth with Yoga
By Janet Balaskas
My favorite pregnancy yoga book

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

By Ina May Gaskin

Good, easy-to-read, and informative book

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
By Henci Goer
Full of information and statistics on everything from home birth to cesareans, easy to read

Pregnancy Feelings: Developing Trust  in Birth
By Rahima Baldwin and Terra Palmarini Richardson
Good for delving deeper into your inner world of pregnancy, parenthood, and relationship preparation. Kind of dated, but still good

For Dads


By John B. Franklin and Cher Martin Franklin

My favorite book for connecting. loving, open Dads and Dads-to-be. Beautiful book.

Birthing From Within

By Pam England and Rob Horowitz

The section for fathers and birth companions is great!

Post-natal, new mother 

After the Baby’s Birth… A Woman’s Way to Wellness
By Robin Lim
This is a wonderful book for the first few weeks and months.  Everything from taking care of yourself early postpartum to beginning movement and breastfeeding tips.

Laughter and Tears: The Emotional Life of New Mothers
By Elisabeth Bing and Libby Colman, PhD.
I found this a helpful book to check in with after the dust settled and everyone else’s life went back to “normal."


See more below under Motherhood...

Baby care and Parenting 

The Baby Book
By William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.
My favorite book for "baby basics."

Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child
By Janet Zand, LAc, OMD, Rachel Walton, R.N. and Bob Rountree, M.D.
This is a great guide to assessing, self-treating and knowing when to seek further help.  I use this book every time my boys shows any symptoms that I don’t recognize. I ended up buying the one for adults too and I use that one frequently as well.

Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting
By Janet Lansbury
Clear and respectful guidance for parenting. While this book did not exist when my kids were young, Lansbury's work is based on the RIE method which I found incredibly helpful guidance in finding our best way to parent our kids. 

The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection 

​By Brené Brown

The title just about sums it up. This is an audio recording so you can even listen to it while feeding your baby or driving around town. 


Momma Zen
​By Karen Maezen Miller
My current favorite book for new moms. It is filled with grounded guidance and a wonderful place to go to be reminded you're not crazy.

Perfect Madness

​By Judith Warner

This is a good book for mothers who feel adrift and wonder if they are alone in that feeling. Good for mothers who had a career outside the home and then focused mainly on motherhood after the birth of their baby.

Women Who Run with the Wolves

​By Clarissa Pinkoa-Estes

A beautiful book that guides women mythically, metaphorically, and archetypally.

Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth

​By Diane Wolkstein and Joel Samuel Kramer

Want to know more about the myth of Inanna? This is a great place to begin.


Flesh and Spirit

​By Jack Zimmerman and Jacquline McCandless

This book and the workshop this couple facilitated that my husband and I attended back in 1997 have influenced my relationship in deeply profound ways. I highly recommend this book and practicing the council practice as a couple to help get through heated topics with honesty, healing, and growth.

Enlightened Sex: Finding Freedom and Fullness through Sexual Union

​By David Deida

Yep, let's talk about sex. This audiobook has some really valuable information about relationships not just sex. His discussions regarding creating polarity in relationship has profoundly impacted my work in birth and beyond (disc 3, I think). 

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Resources for other 

Services and Classes

I recommend these services (and those who provide them) because I have personal or professional experience with them. Some I know from when my own kids were little and others I've met through my career as a birth worker, and still others are simply lists of providers so you can locate the best doula, midwife or doctor for you and your birth. 

Breastfeeding Classes and

Lactation Support: 

Headfirst Doulas

Kate Zachary

Kimberly Durdin

Jennifer Davidson, RN IBCLC

(818) 400-9525,

I recommend everyone who wants breastfeeding to be a part of how they feed their baby, TAKE a breastfeeding class. I do not cover breastfeeding in my childbirth preparation classes.

Newborn Care Classes:

Headfirst Doulas

Finding a Midwife: 

UCLA Midwives 

A group of midwives that work out of UCLA in Westwood

California Nurse-Midwives Association

Toward the bottom of the page, there is a "Find a Midwife" function to help locate a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) near you.

California Association of Midwives

Listing of Licensed Midwives (LM) in Southern California.

Finding a Doctor:


A midwifery practice offers this guide to holistically minded  OBs.

Baby-Friendly Hospitals 


RIE Classes

I can't recommend RIE enough (and Hari's classes specifically). They were so helpful to us as we stretched our wings as new parents. We give a lot of credit regarding how our kids turned out to things we learned in RIE classes and from RIE Fellows.

Pelvic Pain/Incontinence Support:
Pelvic Pain Rehab

Fusion Wellness and Physical Therapy

Having pelvic pain or incontinence? Get help. I haven't worked with either of these providers, but other birth professionals have and recommend them. 

Other Childbirth Educators:

Cindi Cnop: Altadena

Jessica Chapman: Thousand Oaks

Andrea Snyder: Westside

Your Birth Team: Orange County

Kathie Neff: Inland Empire

Deidre Coutsoumpos: Riverside